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Review: Patrik, Age 1.5

In recent years adoption stories have become a staple of made for cable movies. Director Ella Lemhagen’s Patrik, Age 1.5 is a departure from many of these formulaic TV movies. Besides being made for cinemas it focuses on the efforts of two married gay men in Sweden who decide to start a family. We first meet Goran (Gustaf Skarsgard) as he and his husband, Sven (Torkel Peterson), meet their new neighbors at a block party. Everything in this little neighborhood is full of bright colors similar to the suburbs of Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands. The residents are slightly surprised at the couple, but soon welcome them warmly. Later Goran looks longingly at the parents playing with their young children. They soon visit a adoption agency to find out how their application for a child is progressing. The men are told that no country wants to offer a child to a gay couple.
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Discover: The Swimsuit Issue

Note: This piece was originally published during the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. The Swimsuit Issue is now available at home via Tribeca Film: on DVD, iTunes, Netflix Instant, and more. Director Mans Herngren had cinephiles grinning when they exited the theater after Thursday night's screening of The Swimsuit Issue. The film follows eight middle-aged jocks as they come together to create Sweden's first all-male synchronized swimming team. The team's leader and founder is Fredrik, played by the talented Jonas Inde. Fredrik is a divorced and unemployed journalist who is fired by his female editor. His daughter, played by the equally engaging and beautiful Amanda Davin, is a synchronized swimmer who comes to live with Fredrik when her mother moves to London for work. After Fredrik loses his venue for playing indoor hockey to a female team, he decides to use his daughter's swimming uniform for an evening of drunken bachelor party antics.
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Discover: The Swimsuit Issue

Director Mans Herngren had cinephiles grinning when they exited the theater after Thursday night's screening of The Swimsuit Issue. The film follows eight middle-aged jocks as they come together to create Sweden's first all-male synchronized swimming team. The team's leader and founder is Fredrik, played by the talented Jonas Inde. Fredrik is a divorced and unemployed journalist who is fired by his female editor. His daughter, played by the equally engaging and beautiful Amanda Davin, is a synchronized swimmer who comes to live with Fredrik when her mother moves to London for work. After Fredrik loses his venue for playing indoor hockey to a female team, he decides to use his daughter's swimming uniform for an evening of drunken bachelor party antics. That night eventually leads to Fredrik and his hockey team taking up a new sport, with Sara as the coach. The script, written by Man Herngren, Jane Magnusson
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Tribeca Review: The Swimsuit Issue

(Sorry to get your hopes up, Sports Illustrated fans. This movie is not relevant to your interests.)

You may be familiar with the type of movie where a group of lovable losers get together to do something you wouldn't expect people like them to do, and therein lies the comedy. You had out-of-shape men stripping in The Full Monty, and old ladies posing nude in Calendar Girls, and a retired gentleman swimming the English Channel in On a Clear Day. These movies always seem to be British, but you will be pleased to know that now the Swedes have gotten in on the act!

The Swimsuit Issue is about a group of ordinary men of varying ages and physiques who combine to create Sweden's first all-male synchronized swimming team. You can see why that's very funny: They're Men, but they're doing Synchronized Swimming! There really isn't much to it beyond that.
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Tribeca ‘09 Interview: “The Swimsuit Issue” Director Måns Herngren

Editor’s Note: This is one of dozens of interviews, conducted via email, with directors whose films are screening at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival in the narrative and doc competitions as well as the Discovery section. The festival takes place April 22 - May 3.. “The Swimsuit Issue” Director: Måns Herngren Screenwriters: Jane Magnusson, Måns Herngren, Brian Cordray Cast: Jonas Inde, Amanda Davin, Andreas Rothlin Svensson (Discovery section) Synopsis: What begins …
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